July 15, 2021

League of Legends Builds: Top 10 Picks for Solo Queue

Welcome to the League of Legends Builds series. As Riot’s top-performing champion (the winner of their solo queue game with his own account) will tell you, League of Legends is not an easy game. That being said, a solid build can win, but the hard truth is that builds aren’t always that clear-cut. Sometimes you just need to “build a better mousetrap.” Some good mice do work well, but they’re difficult to find. Other times, you have no choice but to use the mouse you have, even if it isn’t one that you enjoy using. That’s where these builds come in.

Some of these builds are good across the board, and others are very strong in specific match-ups. They can help you win games with a very difficult lane phase, or give you a fighting chance when it seems like your lanes are going to die in one hit. If you want to learn how to play League of Legends better, these builds are some of the most important things you’ll learn, since they work no matter what champion or what you do. Best Pick Solo Queue: Kennen What It Is: Kennen is an aggressive AD carry/melee assassin that can build tanky over AD and sustain well, and build AD to survive late game. He has enough tankiness to 1v1 almost every AD-carry at mid-late game without any help. Kennen’s first ability, Reckless Assault, is his Q, a burst attack that pierces through opponents, then deals physical damage.

His W, Deathfire Grasp, is a passive ability that builds AD and cooldowns when Kennen hits units with it, but also restores some health. When Kennen is building AD, he ends up with one of the best damage outputs in the game, which makes him great for early and mid game ganks. His ability to do significant damage to 1v1s (and to 2v2s and 3v3s) makes him a top pick in mid-late game, when most champions need help in a teamfight. He can also get farmed fairly easily. Where He Works: The tankiness that you build with tanky items is key in being able to survive the lane phase, when Kennen is often forced to poke people.

Because of that, it’s key that you have armor and health to survive these early fights. The key with Kennen is building AD items that are very tanky while building AD and AD/ESC, and not building pure tank items that are not the tankiest in the game. It’s also good to have health items early if you can get some health back with your AD items. What He Doesn’t Work: Kennen’s damage and lack of AP means that he can’t be a good counter pick unless you’re just killing someone right at you, so if your top laner can’t be killed, you won’t be getting much farm. You need to make sure your jungler has enough to gank for Kennen to succeed. Also, Kennen doesn’t have any sort of crowd control to keep him alive.

His Q, Rall, allows him to hit multiple targets and is great for chasing, but has very low damage and only slows at high range. This makes him a poor ganker. His ult is very weak. Kennen lacks a lot of control in teamfights and fights are often won or lost based on positioning and crowd control. A lol build calculator can help with building Kennen correctly. Even so, if you can use his ultimate effectively you can come out on top of fights, but it can take a lot of practice.

Jungle: Kennen is actually a pretty good ganker in the jungle, as long as you give him an advantage with your ganks. His ult isn’t the strongest, but it does give you a lot of control. If you do a good enough gank, you’ll get the kill. If you don’t gank, you won’t get a kill. Kennen’s damage and AP are really good, so he can gank a lot, but you don’t want him in lane early on. It is much better to be the jungler than the lane opponent. It’s best to gank him once he’s at least level 8.

You can farm a lot of farm with Kennen in the jungle, but you have to use your ult well to get control. He is only useful in teamfights as a support.

League of Legends is a team based, real time strategy game set in a mythical world of swords & magic where epic battles decide the fate of mystical nations.

Game players take on the role of a Summoner who conjures and controls champions to fight for them at the Institute of War. During game play champions gain experience and items to enhance their skills and abilities. How players develop and play their champions can be the difference between a crushing defeat or a glorious victory!